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Robert Matzen is the award-winning author of Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the Fight for Europe, Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3, and five other books. He has appeared on national broadcast programs and his byline has appeared in the Wall Street Journal among other publications. Luca Dotti is the younger son of Audrey Hepburn and New York Times bestselling author of Audrey at Home. He is a former graphic designer and now chairs the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund. Created by Audrey's family in 1994, the Fund helps children in need around the world.


"Dutch Girl may be one of the best books about Audrey Hepburn ever written. It offers the reader, the historian, the film buff an insight and understanding as to what made Hepburn the star, the actress, the humanitarian--the very woman whom the world to this day warmly remembers with love and admiration. Dutch Girl is a must read." --Stephen Michael Shearer, author, Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr
"What many don't know, and Robert Matzen's sensitive and deeply moving book reveals, are Hepburn's experiences growing up in the Netherlands during the years of Nazi occupation--experiences that formed her character and left her haunted by memories she could not erase. A master storyteller, Matzen has given us a great story--intimate, intense, and unforgettable--that carries us not only into the heart of battle but into the heart of a great human being." --Foreword Reviews
"Matzen shows how war shaped Hepburn's resilient and fiercely private personality. Visceral details--of intense privation, constant bombings, and also acts of resistance--evoke the period. Matzen has created a vivid portrait of a civilian population under siege-one of who just happened to become a Hollywood star." --Publishers Weekly
"A well written, exhaustively researched and totally absorbing book that reveals never-known facts about the past, the origins and the early experiences of one of the world's most cherished icons. This is a story of danger, suspense and determination to succeed against terrible odds, told in Technicolor." --Rex Reed, film critic, author, and writer for the New York Observer
"In Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II, Robert Matzen maintains that his subject's formative experiences provide the key to unlocking her intensely private personality. Drawing upon meticulous research, Mr. Matzen delivers a vivid, moving and persuasive account of a harrowing time that the actress seldom discussed in detail and which has been glossed over or sensationalized by frustrated biographers." --Stephen Brumwell, Wall Street Journal
"[Dutch Girl] offers a wonderfully complete and revealing character sketch of an individual who continues to fascinate millions around the world. Hepburn was, of course, gracious, talented, and elegant. But Matzen makes clear that she also was extraordinarily courageous... This entertaining and enlightening book adds another dimension to the legend of Audrey Hepburn." --Terry Hartle, Christian Science Monitor
"Audrey Hepburn, the Hollywood actress who was celebrated for her portrayals of princesses ("Roman Holiday") and glamour girls ("Sabrina," and "Breakfast at Tiffany's") and later for her work as a UNICEF ambassador before her death from cancer in 1993, had a secret past as an anti-Nazi fighter, according to a new book. Robert Matzen's recently published Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II explores how her sometimes perilous wartime experiences helped her grow into a strong woman who always fought hard for her beliefs. The book features never-before-published archival photographs, diaries and other records that add a new chapter to the story of a woman who was beloved by so many." --Hannah Brown, Jerusalem Post

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